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Jellybellydancer
Burscough, UK1,445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
If you are visiting Alkmaar on a Friday over the summer, you will inevitably end up at the cheese market where men in traditional costumes inspect the large wheels of gouda, then carry them on barrows to be weighed.

Yes it's touristy, but it's also great fun and interesting to watch and a marvellous way of keeping traditions alive.

While the men are carrying the cheese, the girls walk up and down the crown selling bags of cheese, 10 euros for a reusable bag, a pencil case and 3 generous chunks of mild, mature and extra mature gouda, significantly cheaper than the nearby cheese van.

Even in September the crowds were 3-4 people deep, but they rotate quickly as people move on.

Around the market are plenty of stalls selling souvenirs and traditional Dutch snacks and don't forget to explore the rest of this pretty town.
Written September 11, 2022
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expat_mbk
USA663 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This was fantastic - just follow the signs from the train station (google maps will take you to the wrong place)! During the Summer, the market runs every Friday morning. It was supposed to start at 9:30am but it actually started closer to 10am. It went on for quite a while and there were tons of things to see around the town too. It's really charming and you'll be filled to the brim with cheese samples!
Written June 3, 2022
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greshnoflibops
Alkmaar, The Netherlands35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This event occurs each friday morning during the summer season [easter to September] One can witness the traditional 'auction' sale of the cheese made in various parts of Holland. The cheeses are laid out for inspection and then loaded onto stretchers carried by the traditionally clothed 'Cheese Bearers' and taken to the 'weighpoint' in its historical building. There is a running commentary [about 20 mins] in Dutch, English, German and French. Entertaining and informative. There is also a market through the ajoining streets which can be quite interesting.
Written March 1, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,365 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Actually the cheese on show during the reenactment in Alkmaar is Gouda cheese from South-Holland. Not that it alters the picture very much. A fun presentation of how the market once was operated.

Of the five cheese markets held in Holland (mostly during summer), the ones in Gouda and Woerden are still more or less authentic. The ones in Edam and Hoorn are reenactments as well. Personally I like the one in Gouda most.
Written October 20, 2022
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Sunshine605777
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Highly recommend! We came through Alkmaar on a Thursday and loved the charm of the small town with its canals and history. We went through the cheese museum, had lunch in a lovely cafe by the water and window shopped. We were so intrigued that we came back the next day for the big Cheese Market on Friday. Totally different experience, and totally worth it! We loved all of the vendors in the market, tried lots of new foods, and enjoyed the spectacle of the traditional cheese weighing and auction.

Easy walk from the train station. Make a day of it!
Written July 14, 2022
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Brian R
Horsens, Denmark758 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
The visit to Alkmaar was fabulous. Beautiful town with lots of places to discover and a lot of beautiful old houses. The cheese market, however, was a tourist trap, crammed to the brink and beyond. Go visit when there is no market. You can still taste and buy the very delicious cheeses. There are good parking facilities near the town center, if you go by car.
Written May 3, 2023
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Margaret V
Brooklyn, NY82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A fun day trip out to the Alkmaar Cheese market (Friday’s in the summer) - you get a sense of history in this quaint town, while watching tradition in action. It doesn’t take that long and is an easy commute from Amsterdam Central station. Get a sense of how this started, and watch (and taste) how it’s run today. Worth the day trip, if you have ‘done’ all the standard stuff in Amsterdam.
Written June 25, 2022
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HadasShahar
Haifa, Israel3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
The alkmaar cheese market is the definition of a tourist trap. you pay 15 euros for a round trip from amsterdam to arrive to a very small market. Exactly 3 cheese stands, crowded with many tourists. To compare, the Grote market in Haarlm had much more cheese stands, with many more cheese types and with the option to taste them all, in your own time and free space.
Written June 6, 2014
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Tiffy_Bird
La Plata, MD543 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
I love cheese as much as---if not more than---the next guy. Of course, we arranged our itinerary so we could visit Alkmaar on Friday for the Cheese Market. We arrived about 9:30 or so, and we were already many rows back from the railing. Besides the blocked views, there was literally a crush of people, which was a major annoyance. To avoid this problem you have two options, as many reviewers have noted: arrive really early---like well before 9:00 am, or go a bit later in the morning. The program is repetitious, so you'll see the same thing whether you go early or later.

To get a break from the pushing & shoving, we toured the artist and cheese stalls around Waagplein. You should definitely make time for this, as the prices are good and many of the items are unique. We later headed back toward the Waagplein & we got unobstructed, absolutely perfect views from the opposite side of the square. That's when I got my really fun pictures. I'd advise arriving later for just this reason.

TIPS: If you plan to buy wooden clogs in the Netherlands, the prices at the nearby stalls are probably one-quarter what they charge at Zaanse Schans. I missed my chance. Also, you'll see the lovely girls in Dutch costume hawk programs & bags of cheese on the Waagplein during the market. Resist the frenzy because you can taste various cheeses at the surrounding stalls for pennies---and then buy exactly the amount & kind you like best, probably for less money.
Written June 2, 2015
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Floris V
Amsterdam, The Netherlands23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Solo
the cheesemarket is for tourists, I'm from Alkmaar, and I guess I only saw this market once or twice when it was almost finished... BUT... The surrounding streets and little canals, and the Cheese weighting building itself, cross the white drawbridge, enter the little street called Fnidsen, take a left turn, see the small red light street of Alkmaar, return via the Kooltuin, pass the Hekelstraat, have a look at the Verdronkenoord canal, pass the fishmarket, go via the Hofstraat, have a look at the Baangracht, maybe walk a bit along the old city wall, now a park, to the windmill Molen van Piet.... You don't need the cheesemarket to make the picture complete, just have a look at the postcard or make a picture of the postcard :-)

If you like to see some beautifull tipical dutch landscape rent a bike and go cycling to Bergen via the Groeneweg, through the dunes, beach, and back another small cycling path... Also a tip is to rent a small boat at the Bergerbrug \ Bergerhout and ask a map with a trip via the polders. I still have to make this trip by boat, but know it from skating when I was young, should be beautiful!

Nice places beside Alkmaar, in the neighbourhood, that will give you a perfect overview of old Holland, is to rent a car and go around the Westfriese Omringdijk, have a look in Hoorn and\or Enkhuizen, go to Edam and the little island of Marken and walk around its small villages. Have a look in Broek in Waterland, and the area between this place and Durgerdam, if you do those things you will have a complete picture of Holland.

I can recommend it as a better tour, to replace the more famous tour to for example Volendam, Keukenhof, Delft, Haarlem, Kinderdijk, Dordrecht, The Hague...

If your main visit is Amsterdam and you have not much time just do the countryside north of Amsterdam, Durgerdam, Broek in Waterland, Edam and Marken. It will give you a perfect picture of Holland within a day :-) Cycling is an option, but Edam and Marken are to far to do by bike. rent a scooter, car, or just take the cheap public bus to Edam, Broek in Waterland or Marken from the Central Station in Amsterdam!
Written May 18, 2012
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